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Security Alert: Guatemala, Possibility of Demonstrations and Sporadic Violence Due to Presidential Elections

Location: Guatemala


Event:  Guatemala will hold the second round of presidential elections on Sunday, August 11, 2019.  We wish to remind U.S. Citizens to be aware that demonstrations and sporadic acts of violence are possible in the days leading up to, during and after the election.  While most demonstrations in Guatemala have been peaceful and not directed at tourists or foreigners, U.S. Citizens are reminded that even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent with little or no warning.  Embassy operations are normal.


Actions to Take

  • Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events.
  • Monitor local news for updates.  
  • Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. 
  • Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.



U.S. Embassy Guatemala City


Tel. (502) 2326-4000



State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444


Guatemala Country Information


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